FAQ

Q: When are you open?

We are currently open from 8pm-8am every night during term time. We try to stay open every night of term but may occasionally have to close; check our Facebook page to stay up to date.

Q: Who runs Nightline?

Nightline is run entirely by trained student volunteers from the University of Exeter. You might see our current committee or publicity team advertising our service around campus, but all listening volunteers are anonymous.

We are not run by either the University or Students’ Guild and we have no political or religious affiliations. Nightline is based on principles of non-judgement and confidentiality, so we will not make any assumptions about our callers.

Q: Why might I call Nightline?

You can call us to talk about anything that you need support with, but some common reasons might be:

  • You are upset about something (academic or personal) and want someone to talk to in an anonymous and confidential space
  • You are walking home late at night and want to speak to someone to feel more safe
  • You need information about something to do within the university

You’re welcome to talk about anything you’d like when contacting our service, whether it’s just someone at the end of the phone on a stressful day or a more serious issue, we’re here to listen.

Q: Is Nightline completely confidential?

Yes, confidentiality is incredibly important to us, so you can be assured that any communication you have with Nightline will be kept confidential within the service. There are however some extreme circumstances in which confidentiality will be broken, for legal or safety reasons; for more on our confidentiality, see our policy here.

Q: What can I expect if I call Nightline?

If you call at any time within our opening hours, you will be greeted by a student volunteer saying “Hello, you’re through to Exeter Nightline. Is there anything you’d like to talk about?” Our volunteers are happy to listen to anything that might be on your mind; you don’t have to have a specific issue or problem, you might just want company on a walk home or a non-judgemental space to vent about something that’s stressing you.

For more information about what to expect, please visit our ‘Want to Talk?‘ page.

Q: I would rather not/can’t call you. Is there another means by which I can contact Nightline?

Yes, absolutely. As well as our landline service you can also get in touch via our Instant Messenger software or through Skype. For more information about contacting the service, please see our ‘Want to Talk?’ page.

Q: Please can you give me advice about _____? 

Nightline is a listening and information service. We are unable to give direct advice on your personal situation but we can talk through the different options that might be available to you. For general information however, we’re happy to help however we can! If you’re out of data to Google a taxi number we have internet access to hand, and we can also provide information on student services and resources too.

Q: What do I do if Nightline is closed?

We’re really sorry that that’s the case; in the meantime, we can direct you to some other helplines and support services that may be of interest to you. Please see our additional information page for more details. Sameritains is a good alternative to our service if you cannot get through to us. Their number is 116 123, which is free to call and open 24/7 365 days a year.

Q: How can I volunteer?

We recruit volunteer in September and January of each academic year. We look to recruit enthusiastic and conscientious students to give up a couple of nights a term to man the phones (you don’t have to stay awake all night, don’t worry!) or to assist the society in other ways. Exeter Student Nightline is a fantastic society to be involved with and a great way to give back to the student community, whether you’re an undergraduate or postgraduate and the hours spent volunteering with us count towards the Exeter Award Scheme.

Please visit our social media or visit our ‘Get Involved’ page to find out more.

Q: How can my society get involved with Nightline?

If you’re a society at the university and would like to collaborate or support us in some way, we’d love to hear from you!

Examples include welfare training that we put on for AU and sports committee members, fundraising or event collaborations. Please contact us at [email protected]

Q: I previously volunteered for Nightline, how can I stay in contact?

If you previously volunteered for Exeter Nightline, we love to here from you. Please join our Alumni Facebook Page so you can stay up today and keep in touch with past volunteers!